Cheerleader selected for UCA training staff

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Paige Hukill

Cassville High School senior Paige Hukill has been chosen as a member of the Universal Cheerleading Association's national instructional staff.

Hukill learned of her selection last week after trying out for UCA officials in Kansas City on Dec. 14.

"I was invited to tryout after the UCA camp that was held in Cassville last summer," said Hukill. "This tryout was pretty hard. We had to do a dance, a cheer, jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling, stunts and an interview."

As a UCA staff member, Hukill will travel the United States to work with middle school and high school cheerleaders during camps that are held throughout the summer. According to Hukill, she will be paid and all travel and lodging expenses will be covered.

"Some of the camps are held at resorts or colleges and some are private camps like the one held in Cassville," said Hukill, who is the daughter of Darwin and Kim Hukill, of Cassville. "I'm excited and a little nervous about it, but I know it will be a great experience."

Working for the UCA will provide Hukill with valuable experience as she prepares to continue her cheerleading career beyond high school. The CHS senior hopes to become a college cheerleader but has not yet narrowed her search to a single university.

Hukill recently returned from a seven-day trip to London, England, where she performed at the New Year's Day Parade as a member of a select UCA dance team. She was joined on the trip by fellow CHS cheerleaders Natalie Ward and Natalie Cline. All three young women were invited to London after being named UCA All-Stars this past summer.

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